Justin Walsh

Yes, the Euthymides Krater

Justin Walsh began working at Morgantina in 1999, one week after Alexander Stille’s article on looting at the site (“Head Found on Fifth Avenue”) appeared in The New Yorker. His first job at the site was cataloguing and drawing Athenian black-gloss pottery from Cittadella for Carla Antonaccio. He also participated in the excavation of trenches on both Cittadella and Serra Orlando. After moving to the University of Virginia in 2000 in order to pursue a doctorate in classical archaeology, he began analyzing the earliest deposits of classical material from Serra Orlando (excavated between 1955 and 1967) for Malcolm Bell. This work developed into Justin’s doctoral thesis (2006). His analysis helped to date the town’s refoundation to around 440-430 BCE, showed the mixed nature of the pottery used at Morgantina at that time, and demonstrated the ability of consumers in the town to express preferences for certain goods over others.

Following his dissertation, Justin has continued to work on pottery and its role in ancient daily life and long-distance trade. He is collaborating with Carla Antonaccio and Jenifer Neils on a publication of the archaic settlement on Cittadella for the Morgantina Studies series (Justin’s efforts focus on interpreting the same Athenian black-gloss pottery that he started examining when he first arrived at the site). He has also used the imported pottery from Morgantina to develop a robust theoretical approach for understanding not only what choices Morgantinoi (and other ancient people) made from the range of available goods, but what their choices can tell us about how they constructed important aspects of their identity. He and Carla Antonaccio have also joined together to explain how preferences for certain pottery shapes at Morgantina reflect both a widespread ancient interest in vases that resemble metal vessels and in imported vases that resemble local ancestral shapes.


Dissertation: Ethnicity, Daily Life, and Trade: Domestic Assemblages from Fifth-Century BCE Morgantina, Sicily. University of Virginia, Department of Art, 2006 Advisor: Professor Malcolm Bell, III.

“Urbanism and Identity at Classical Morgantina.” In Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 56.

“Consumption and Choice in Ancient Sicily.” In Regionalism and Globalism in Antiquity. Franco De Angelis, ed. Ancient West and East, Colloquia Antiqua 8. Peeters: Leuven. In press.

“Consumption, Preference, and Identity.” In Mediterranean Identities: Formation and Transformation, C. Katsari and M. Bradley, eds. Cambridge UP. Submitted in January 2011.

“Athenian Pottery, Metal Vessels, and Local Taste at Morgantina.” Co-author with Carla Antonaccio, in progress

“Skeuomorphic Pottery and Consumer Feedback Processes in the Ancient Mediterranean.” In Material Crossovers: Knowledge Networks and the Movement of Technological Knowledge between Craft Traditions. K. Rebay-Salisbury, L. Foxhall, and A. Brysbaert, eds. Routledge Press (submitted April 2012).

“EDXRF Analysis of Pottery Fabrics at Morgantina.” Co-author with Shelley Stone, Carla Antonaccio, Jenifer Neils, in progress.